London School of Economics Centre for the Economics of Education LSE
Centre for the Economics of Education  (CEE)

The Effects Of School Resources On Pupil Outcomes Conference

February 21st 2003, 2.30-5.30pm

Venue: Centre for Economic Performance

Conference room R405, 4th Floor, 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD

This conference, the fourth and final conference in a series of half-day conferences to be arranged by the Centre for the Economics of Education, will examine the relationship between school resources and pupil outcomes.

The conference will begin with Professor Richard Murnane, Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who will use a unique data set providing longitudinal achievement data for a large sample of students who attended public or private elementary schools in Bogota (Colombia), to answer the question 'Why do students learn more in some classrooms than in others?' The analysis will focus on such factors as differences in the quality of teachers, in the quality of peer groups, in class sizes, and in governance structures (public versus private).

The second paper will be presented by Professor Harvey Goldstein of London University's Institute of Education, and will take a somewhat critical view of existing school effectiveness research, focussing on methodology and policy aspects.

The final paper, to be presented by Dr Ludger Woessmann of the Kiel Institute for World Economics, will focus on class size effects on pupil performance in eighteen countries, using data from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Analytical techniques will be used to allow for the fact that there is non-random placement of pupils into different classes, within and between schools, thus identifying the pure class-size effect.